Rhenz Abando leaves Letran, signs with KBL’s Anyang KGC

Rhenz Abando is taking his act to the Korean Basketball League after a one-and-done stint with Letran.

The reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player has decided to forego his final playing year with the Knights and go pro in the KBL.

The team announced the signing via their social media account on Thursday.

“We have recruited Philippine national team player Rhenz Abando,” wrote the team on its Facebook account. “Looking forward to the performance of our new signing.”

The 24-year old Abando had earlier planned to play out his final year in the Intramuros, Manila-based school but apparently had a change of heart after his breakout performance in the 2022 KB Kookmin Bank Invitational held last June 17 and 18 at the Anyang Stadium in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

Despite losing both games, the Gilas forward made quite an impression with averages of 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 block, and 1.0 assist.

He was part of the national team which finished 9th in the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup with the Santo Tomas, La Union native contributing of 4.8 points, 1.0 rebound and almost a steal in 9.2 minutes of play.

The former UST Growling Tiger became the 6th Filipino to sign a deal with Korean league after SJ Belangel (Daegu KOGAS), RJ Abarrientos (Ulsan Hyundai), Justin Gutang (Changwon LG), Ethan Alvano (Wonju DB), and William Navarro (Seoul Samsung).

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